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Ambassador Mark Lagon to return to Georgetown University

The Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) at Georgetown University is excited to announce that Ambassador Mark P. Lagon will be joining MSFS as Visiting Professor and Concentration Chair for International Relations and Security, effective August, 2010.
Dr. Lagon brings to MSFS a wealth of experience from both the public and nonprofit worlds of international affairs.  Prior to coming …

Profiles of the terror suspects to be tried with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

The New York Times has instructive profiles on the four other persons that have been designated for trial in Federal District Court in the Southern District of New York. Reporter Liz Robbins writes:

Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash
Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash, known as Khallad, has told investigators that he played many roles in Al Qaeda, from acting as a bodyguard …

Former AG Mukasey critical of decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in NY

The blog Main Justice reports:
Former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey on Friday criticized the Obama administration’s decision to prosecute a group of terrorism suspects accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in federal court, warning of safety risks to Americans and the possibility that national security information could be aired in civilian proceedings.
His speech to the conservative Federalist Society — …

Obama Administration Brief in Bagram detainee cases

The previous post noted the brief filed by the Obama Administration appealing the ruling of Judge John D. Bates in the Bagram detainee cases. With many thanks to SCOTUSblog, the brief can be found here. As Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog explains:
The Obama Administration argued strenuously on Monday that the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision providing a right for imprisoned terrorism suspects …

Former Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad plans civil suit

Numerous previous posts have discussed the possibility of civil suits against individuals involved in the detention and treatment of detainees. The BBC is reporting about a suit planned by Mohammed Jawad:
Mohammed Jawad was released and arrived in his native Afghanistan earlier this week. His family says he was 12 at the time of his detention in 2002.
He was in custody …

CIA Inspector General’s Report: Will criminal and civil action follow?

Much is being written about the soon-to-be released Inspector General’s report on the Central Intelligence Agency. Slated to be released on Monday, the report will allegedly disclose further abuses of detainees. For example, the New York Times reports:
C.I.A. jailers at different times held the handgun and the drill close to the detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, threatening to harm him if …

Prolonged Detention– How long?

Earlier today, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “legal issues regarding military commissions and the trial of detainees for violations of the law of war” (archived webcast here).  At that hearing, Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson supported the notion of “prolonged detention.”  He noted that “as a matter of legal authority”– citing the “laws of …

Judge Royce Lamberth adopts Judge Bates’s standard for presidential detention authority

A previous post discussed the recent option by Judge John D. Bates in Hamlily v. Obama. In that case, Judge Bates set forth a standard for presidential detention authority. On Thursday, Federal District Court Judge Royce Lamberth adopted Judge Bates’s approach. In Mattan v. Obama, Judge Lamberth explained:
The Court reaches the same conclusion, and for the same …


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.